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Leaders Converse: The State of the Restaurant Industry

March 29, 2022 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Sponsored by the Lubar Graduate Programs

With nearly 200,000 of the Wisconsin workforce generating billions in annual revenue, the restaurant industry is a key contributor to our economy. However, it is widely known that the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for restaurants. With new health guidelines, closures, scaled back hours, these challenges not only affect the restaurant, but also suppliers, employees, and customers. 96% of operators experienced supply delays or shortages of key food or beverage items in 2021. How will the current labor shortages, the rise in wholesale food prices, and the continued uncertainty of the coronavirus affect restaurants in 2022 and beyond?

Andrew Miller, Lubar Executive MBA alumni, Owner of Farmstead Logistics

Dan Hurdle, Colectivo Coffee
Omar Shaikh, Carnevore and 3rd Street Market
Christine Specht, Cousins Subs
Mike Doble, Explorium Brewpub
Johnny Vassallo, Mo’s Restaurants

This in-person event will also be streamed live. Virtual guests will receive a link after

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COVID Policy: On March 19th, UWM will move from a mask “mandate” to “strongly encouraged.” We will continue to space out the seating area so there is ample room between chairs.

Questions? Please contact Adam Wickersham, Graduate Student Services Director


March 29, 2022
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
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Lubar Hall, S322
3202 N. Maryland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201 United States